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Birds of Prey at Tamarack Wildlife

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The Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation Center held an open house on Sunday, allowing the public to see some wild birds of prey, up close.

The seven educational birds out for public viewing were injured too severely to be returned to the wild.

The rarest bird of the lot is the peregrine falcon, a bird on the endangered species list.

 A crowd favorite was "Sophie" the bard owl, not to be confused with the barn owl.

Another favorite was the year old red-tail falcon.

"The reason we have her in permanant captivity is because she broke her wing when she was a juvenile, and the bones fused in a way that doesn't allow her to have proper flight," explained Jessica Schombert, a work-study student from Allegheny College.

"Typically the animals are coming to us because of some interaction with humans, some impact with humans," said Carol Hollmgrent, executive director of Tamrack Wildlife.

There was also two screech owls. One was brought in just two months ago after being hit by a car. There was a naming contest going on for the little owl with one eye during the open house.

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